I just received news of my friend, Deano Lowery, passing away last night.
Deano was never a man to make a lot of waves and he mostly raced in the Richmond/Ashland, VA, area. I know of four or five tracks that he has worked at during the 25 years I have had the pleasure of calling him a friend. Deano was never much of one to travel and instead became the go-to man at a track that he called home. In the last few years he has worked at Indoor Motorsports in Sandston, VA, and at first was a fierce competitor but as health problems began to take a toll on him he loved building drag cars with his signature wire chassis and motors from Top Guns to 16Ds.
Like most slot car racers we have had our times of being best friends to non-speaking competitors but I can honestly say that during the ups and downs our friendship remained and so did our mutual respect. I was at his home the first part of last week and although he was working on slot cars and models I could tell that a feeling of resignation of the fact of how far the cancer had spread.
Deano, I learned many things from you and shared many stories with you (some of them true) you can bet that every time I change a braid or hook up to a control panel I will remember my friend, the curmudgeon with the heart of gold.